Over 300 residents of Nakatiba landing site in Kalangala District have nowhere to shelter after fire set ablaze over 90 homes on Wednesday September 25 destroying property worth millions.
One of the victims, who witnessed the tragedy said that the fire started from one of the local restaurants belonging to one Justine Nankumba from where it spread to other houses.
Shops bars and restaurants totaling to over 90 were reduced to ashes in the shortest time possible.
“At first I saw smoke on top of the roof of one of the houses and within seconds, fire engulfed more structures. It was difficult to save property because many of the houses were wooden structures,” said the victim.
Michael Ssendegeya, another victim said that he lost dry food including beans, cow peas, Maize and cassava flour to the fire and this is where he has been earning a living to support his family.
He expressed fear that he may not be able to facilitate his children’s education after losing his entire business in the fire.
Ibrahim Ssenyonga, the Red Cross Branch Manager for Kalangala district, who has visited Nakatiba landing site said that currently an estimated 300 people are homeless after the fire destroyed their houses.
He further narrated that the affected people are now going to be accommodated in temporary huts and inside Bufumira Health Centre II, as Red Cross solicits for some relief items.